BY DORIS B. TRUHLARSTAFF WRITER
The Colorado Civil Air Patrol (CAP) often engages in search and rescues in the Colorado mountains, according to Col. Gary H. Tobey, Governmental Relations Advisor for the Colorado Wing of the CAP. He spoke recently at a meeting of the Southeast Metropolitan Law Club at Benedict’s Restaurant.
Tobey, a member of the CAP for many years, described the work of the organization, which is nationwide with branches in every state, including Colorado. The CAP reaches out to young people at even the elementary school level, with an active recruiting program for high school students.
“The organization is a United States Air Force Auxiliary, and was formed 70 years ago,” Tobey said. The group stresses academics, mentoring and service projects. Its high school members generally are good students (B’s or better), strongly believe in community service, are interested in military service, and many high school members would like to pursue aviation careers.
“The organization also stresses a Youth Fitness Program, with a lifelong habit of regular exercise and commitment to remain drug-free”, Tobey said. Total enrollment is about 25,000 nationwide, with 80 percent white members and 20 percent non-white or minority.
“Cost of participation, the first year out-of-pocket expense, averages between $300 and $600 for the year,” Tobey said.
CAP also is a congressionally chartered nonprofit organization that conducts missions for the federal government, as well as for local communities and states.
More information about CAP may be obtained by calling Col. Tobey, whose number is (303) 888-0582. Information about the Southeast Metro Law Club may be obtained by calling David S. Oppenheim, (303) 722-6500.
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